PTSD CBS Radio news (blog)

by ebentley on Octobre 14, 2016 - 10:31pm

PTSD is mental disorder which many Americans may never come in contact with. For someone in the military though, it’s very possible that if they go into war they may come out with PTSD. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder wasn’t put into the APA until 1980, so what would happen to a military veteran before 1980 who would be experiencing PTSD? Well they would be sent home to cope with their disorder alone. Do I think this was a good idea? Of course not, because often times the veteran would end up taking his own life due to the mental disorder.

Working on a project I came across an article done by CBS News. Correspondent Steve Kroft, who most would recognize from the TV program “60 Minutes”, Steve sat down with military veterans for a CBS Radio News report. Steve would title his sit down talk with these veterans as “Combat Stress: Finding the Way Home,” This special hour long talk would be held during Memorial weekend, to promote the large impact that post-traumatic stress disorder has on our veterans. CBS News would then title the article “Post-traumatic stress disorders effect on U.S. veterans explored on CBS Radio News.”

The article starts with horrifying statistics of “Every day, some 22 American heroes take their own lives because of the stresses they experienced on the battlefield.” Reading just the first sentence of this article should shock anyone who is reading the article, knowing that our American heroes are taking their lives is not ok. Steve Kroft was a combat correspondent and photographer for Pacific Stars and Stripes in the Vietnam War. His hope with discussing PTSD and explain how devastating it is to the public, is to show that those affected by it can learn to cope with PTSD. The broadcast also looked into the Vietnam Veterans of America website, and its views and past history of PTSD. The first thing discussed was that PTSD isn’t just in military veterans, it also can be found with car accident victims, and Holocaust survivors.  Continuing the broadcast asks the question of “So how did the government react to all of this?” A California senator by the name of Alan Cranston created a bill that would allow veterans to get help with their disorder in the 1970’s. The disappointed of this was the bill wasn’t passed until 1979. It wouldn’t be until ten years later that congress would develop the National Center for PTSD, this center would be part of the Department for Veterans Affairs.

My personal opinion of this broadcast, and the article created from it was “why haven’t people reached out sooner to help veterans?” If people have known about this issue why hasn’t there been a bigger push for help with the disorder of PTSD? Today’s society is so concerned about the little issues in life, that we push aside big issues, which lead to people taking their own lives.  If the California senator created the pill for helping veterans with PTSD, why did it take nine or so years to have it past? Honestly I think that the statistical death rates at the time for PTSD wasn’t broad casted enough, so people’s concerns weren’t as high.

All in all, this broadcast opens up the unknown world of PTSD and the realization that we as Americans should step up with finding ways to support veterans who are trying to cope with PTSD. I think there should be more sit downs like “60 Minutes” that discusses, the troubles veterans deal with, from coming home after war. If we can help these veterans then we could potentially save so many lives of veterans dealing with PTSD.